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Dawna's Day planned at Geaghan's in honor of beloved employee

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BANGOR - Dawna Hensley lost her battle with cancer last fall, but that isn't stopping her family and fellow co-workers at Geaghan's Pub & Craft Brewery in Bangor from organizing the third annual “Dawna's Day” at the pub. It all started as an event where a portion of the proceeds from a certain day's sales at the restaurant would be donated to Dawna's recovery. But Hensley just wouldn't accept the offer. Instead she asked her co-workers and family to think bigger and give to an organization that could help everyone, not just her. So for the third year in a row, Geaghan's is planning to donate 10 percent of all sales on Thursday, May 1 to Greater Bangor Bark for Life, an American Cancer Society Relay for Life event that honors the life-long contributions of canine companions. 

"It was a perfect idea," said Larry Geaghan, Dawna's brother-in-law, during a telephone interview last year. "Dawna is a dog lover and wanted to draw attention off her and do something more for everyone in general."

Many who knew Hensley before, during and after her cancer diagnosis have all shared that same sentiment. 

"Dawna was always selfless, always supportive of everyone and always wanted to help others," said Lisa Eldridge, co-chair of Greater Bangor Bark for Life. "I think this year will of course be very special. We are encouraging anyone who was touched by Dawna to come, share a pint, a meal and a story about how she touched their lives."

During the past two years, “Dawna's Day” has helped raise just over $3,000 for Greater Bangor Bark for Life. Patrons who stop into Geaghan's for a bite to eat or drink on May 1 from 7 a.m.-11:30 p.m. will be able to participate in the fundraising efforts simply by placing an order. A donation jar will also be set up at the entrance of the pub along with information about this year's Greater Bangor Bark for Life event planned for June 14 at Hollywood Casino Raceway in Bangor. And unlike years past, customers who would like to honor Hensley's memory will also get the chance to register to become a bone marrow donor if they so choose. 

"I know Dawna will be looking down at everyone enjoying a meal or pint in her memory," said Eldridge. 

Last modified on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 23:13

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